From Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan
The Oyo State Police command on Monday paraded suspected twin kidnappers of the popular Ibadan Islamic cleric, Taofek Azeez Akewugbagold.
Police Commissioner Shina Olukolu, while parading the suspects in Ibadan, said that a substantial part of the rescue they collected, a gun, two vehicles and a motorcycle were also recovered from the suspects.
He named the suspects as Rildwan Taiwo, Rafiu Mutiu, Olumide Ajala, Fatai Akanji, Baahiru Mohammed and Rafiu Modinat, the only woman among them who took care of the twins during their captivity.
Two of the suspects were domestic servants for the twins' father.
Olukolu said the suspects were detained “after consistent and concerted efforts by the Special Theft Squad (SARS), the Anti-Kidnapping Squad (AKS) and other tactical police teams and the unyielding support of good people from the State of Oyo through credible information provided to the police.
“All suspects linked to the case of the kidnapping of the two-year-old twins of Alhaji Taofeek Azeez“ Akewugbagold ”on April 25, 2020 were arrested and substantial parts of the rescue were collected with the weapon used in the operation, and the two operational vehicles, with a motorcycle, were recovered from suspects.
“The notorious criminals attacked his wife and later kidnapped his two-year-old twins to an unknown destination. The criminal attackers later demanded a rescue of N50 million before the two kidnapped babies were released.
“As soon as the incident was reported at the Ojoo police station and later transferred to the AKS Eleyele / SARS office in Dugbe, Ibadan, a team of AKS / SARS agents took action as joint efforts were intensified to rescue the abducted babies and arrest the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
"The kidnapped babies were released unharmed eight days later, after the father split with a supposed sum of four million naira as a ransom for the bandits."